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Alarm Permit Program/False Alarm Ordinance
Do I need an alarm permit?
All business and residences who have a "verified response type" alarm (see definition below) are required by City ordinance to obtain a permit (FMC Chapter 9.10).  In short, you need a permit if you have an alarm system that is monitored.

How much does it cost?
  • $40 for new permit application; permit good for two (2) years
  • $20 for permit renewal; renewed permit good for two (2) years
  • Permits are not transferable and are attached to the location per occupancy. If you moved to a new location, you must apply for a new permit. 

How long does it take?
  • Due to a significant increase in new development and new alarm applications, please allow three (3) weeks for the Police Department to process your permit, and another week for the Postal Service to deliver the permit to you. It may take up to four (4) weeks for you to receive the alarm permit.    

What do I do once I receive the permit?

Upon assignment of a permit number, a sticker with your permit number will be issued and mailed to you.  The sticker must be posted and visible at the main entrance at all times.  

What is Verified Response?
In order to reduce the number of false alarms and create more time for police officers to respond to crimes and solve problems, the City of Fremont adopted the Fremont Verified Alarm Response policy. This program is designed to increase the education and accountability of alarm owners in Fremont. It provides an incentive for alarm owners to repair and maintain their alarms, train their families and/or employees on alarm procedures and seek assistance from the Fremont Police Department and local alarm companies to reduce false alarms.

Verified response means an alarm system that utilizes a feature to verify that an alarm activation is not accidental.  Verification may come in the form of sound, video, a manually activated panic button, or an eyewitness account that indicates a crime is occurring, thereby constituting a "verified" response.  Alarm verification can also be accomplished when an alarm company agent, property owner or any witness is at the scene of an activation and affirms that police are needed because a crime is occurring or has occurred.

All non-verified alarms reported to the Fremont Police Department receive a lower priority response, referred to as a BOL (Be On The Lookout).  If officers are in the area and available to respond, they will do so at their discretion.

Questions?  Email A.